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Content tagged with Policy & Regulation posted in March 2013
Veterans Affairs BYOD Plans On Hold
News  |  3/29/2013  | 
Department of Veterans Affairs will delay bring-your-own-device until it solves legal questions involving privacy with personal mobile devices used for work.
National Patient ID System: Debate Stoked
News  |  3/29/2013  | 
Hoping to spark a national conversation on information exchange, a prominent health IT advocate has started a petition to have Congress lift ban on HHS national patient identification system.
Federal CIO Announces PortfolioStat 2.0
News  |  3/28/2013  | 
PortfolioStat program outlines best practices for agencies to reduce IT spending.
Google Objects To 'Ungoogleable'
News  |  3/26/2013  | 
Swedish Language Council removes word coined to describe a term that search engines can't find -- "ogooglebar" in Swedish -- after Google complains.
Allscripts Drops Suit Against NYC Public Health System
News  |  3/26/2013  | 
N.Y. health system disputed the claim that it will overpay for rival Epic Systems' electronic health record system.
Healthcare Workarounds Expose EHR Flaws
News  |  3/26/2013  | 
Doctors and staff often fall back on paper documents to compensate for poorly designed electronic health record systems, says study.
FDA To Track Illicit Product Trade Online
News  |  3/25/2013  | 
FDA will monitor 10,000 sites a year to uncover illegal marketing and selling of FDA-regulated products from drugs to tobacco.
British Government's 'Digital By Default' Plans Challenged
News  |  3/25/2013  | 
Drive to offer all government services via the Internet sparks Parliamentary fear that millions of non-Internet users will be left behind.
Big Data's Dark Side
News  |  3/25/2013  | 
Big data has the power to revolutionize society, but also to become Big Brother, warns new book.
What Education Tech Success Stories Share
News  |  3/22/2013  | 
Educational technologies have the potential to stretch dollars and improve education, with the right supporting policies, Brookings Institution reports.
Anti-Amazon E-Petition Gains Momentum
News  |  3/22/2013  | 
British grassroots campaign aims to force Amazon to stop "unfair practices" and pay more local tax.
HP Shareholders Meeting Marked By Dissent
News  |  3/21/2013  | 
Shareholders raise heated questions about HP board's Autonomy investigating committee; narrowly fail to oust controversial board members.
Congress Weighs Online Privacy Law Update
News  |  3/20/2013  | 
Email access is one issue on the table in Electronic Communications Privacy Act revision. Balancing constitutional guarantees with the needs of law enforcement won't be easy.
Educators Share Tech Struggles: From Tablets To Twitter
News  |  3/18/2013  | 
Educators from around the world shared lessons on how to best utilize mobile, social and other technologies at annual ASCD education conference.
20 People Who Changed Tech: Alexander Graham Bell And Theodore Vail
Commentary  |  3/13/2013  | 
In this fourth installment in our series, Howard Anderson tells how a masterful inventor and a business genius transformed communications.
ATF's Gun Tracing System Is A Dud
Commentary  |  3/13/2013  | 
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is using 1960s era technology to manage a 21st century problem. When will this get fixed?
White House Supports DOD Spectrum Research
News  |  3/11/2013  | 
White House support for military research into spectrum sharing furthers White House efforts to open spectrum for commercial use.
Informatics Pioneer Says Healthcare Needs Better Systems
News  |  3/11/2013  | 
Dr. Lawrence Weed continues his longstanding advocacy for computer-aided healthcare and revamping medical education.
12 Open Educational Resources: From Khan to MIT
Slideshows  |  3/11/2013  | 
Higher education can now tap into an explosion of educational resources that are free to view, download and modify. That's disruptive to commercial textbooks, media and assessments.
EHR Interoperability A Hot Topic At HIMSS
News  |  3/11/2013  | 
EHR interoperability is more likely to come from horizontal integration than vertical health IT integration, experts say.
Cell Phone Spam Doesn't Pay, FTC Says
News  |  3/8/2013  | 
FTC has filed 8 civil lawsuits against cell phone spammers, accusing them of promoting award scams.
Bill Clinton Stumps For Health IT At HIMSS
News  |  3/8/2013  | 
Former president touts IT's potential to empower small players in a massive system, as HIMSS pledges $2.5 million to further Clinton Global Initiative goals.
Hospitals Make Strides To Show Meaningful Use: ONC
News  |  3/7/2013  | 
Vast majority have adopted certified electronic health record technology, but most EHR systems are not comprehensive, ONC says.
FCC Chairman Outlines Plans To Free Up Spectrum
News  |  3/7/2013  | 
Whether FCC Chairman Genachowski is reappointed or not, he says a multi-fold vision for making better use of wireless spectrum will proceed.
IT Talent Shortage Or Purple Squirrel Hunt?
Commentary  |  3/6/2013  | 
Employers press for H-1B increases, while job hunters say searches seem designed to rule out U.S. workers. Is there really an IT talent shortage??
CMS, ONC Announce 2013 Health IT Agenda
News  |  3/6/2013  | 
Government agencies aim to increase EHR adoption, accelerate health data exchange and improve patient engagement.
London Aims To Be World's 'Smartest' City
News  |  3/6/2013  | 
British capital studies more integrated approaches to its systems and more support for tech entrepreneurship.
IT Changes Doctor-Patient Relationship For Better: Topol
News  |  3/5/2013  | 
Famed doctor Eric Topol says in HIMSS keynote that personalized medicine, mobile health, genomics will decrease doctors' importance -- and that's good.
How Sequestration Impacts Federal IT Spending
News  |  3/5/2013  | 
Automatic cuts hit cyber security, IT modernization, communications and many other programs.
Europe's New Plan To Close Digital Jobs Gap
News  |  3/5/2013  | 
"Grand coalition" taps schools and high-tech companies to address the problem of 900,000 unfilled high-tech jobs, starting with tech education reform.
HIMSS: Hospitals Making Progress On Meaningful Use
News  |  3/5/2013  | 
Survey of healthcare CIOs reveals good progress toward fully functional EHRs, but questions about ACOs, staffing, interoperability loom.
IT Age Discrimination Or Employee Inertia?
Commentary  |  3/4/2013  | 
There is bona fide ageism and there is failure to learn new skills in a constantly changing field. Let's not confuse the two.
H-1B Workers Not Best Or Brightest, Study Says
News  |  3/1/2013  | 
Skilled foreign worker programs are causing a U.S. brain drain, an Economic Policy Institute report says.
EHRA Guides Vendors On Data Transport Mechanism
News  |  3/1/2013  | 
Association says methods for exchanging data could lead to greater interoperability among EHRs.

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